Posted: Jul 21, 2017 9:07 pm
by scott1328
Keep It Real wrote:
scott1328 wrote:You seem fixated on catching teh gay, which can certainly be construed as homophobia.

You can't catch homosexuality. You either desire to have sex with people of the same sex, or you don't. It is nothing to be afraid of.

Studies show that sexual orientation is largely environmentally determined - so becoming gay through environmental influences seems real world. I'm not homophobic, I got drunk with a gay guy and went back to his house just the other month but...but evolutionary logic dictates that homophobia is understandable as I see things at the minute. I'm not fixated; it's just an interesting phenomenon.

I don't know what you mean by "darwinian organism." All organisms have evolved, you might as well say "organism" and drop the redundancy.

Fair enough.

Studies show that homosexuality has both a genetic and environmental component. But, let's be clear here: "environmental component" means those components that are not deterimined by one's own genetics. That's a very broad category, and includes factors that are as far out of a person's control as one's own genes: Pre-natal environment, living conditions, nutrition, hygiene, medical care, siblings, sunlight, weather, insects, parasites, pets and uncountably many other factors. To say that the cause of homosexuality has an environmental component is tantamount to saying the causes are unknown and possibly unknowable.

What it doesn't say is that it is "learned". In fact we know that it is almost certainly not learned.

ETA: we also know that homophobia is a learned behavior